This is a hate crime, but it's not being acknowledged as such.
From FOX 32 News:
Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled "F*** Trump!" and "F*** white people!"I don't know, but "F*** white people!" sounds like a hate crime to me.
Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding the young white man hostage.
...Throughout the video, the victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut.
At one point, the victim is held at knife point and told to curse President-elect Donald Trump. The group also forces the victim to drink water from a toilet.
The suspects can be heard saying they want the video to go viral.
Detectives think the victim, who lives in the suburbs and appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, met some acquaintances in northwest suburban Streamwood and they drove him to Chicago in a stolen vehicle, Guglielmi said.
The victim is then believed to have been held hostage and tortured in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side, Guglielmi said.
On Tuesday afternoon, police officers spotted the victim walking on a street on the West Side wearing shorts, Guglielmi said. Because it was unusual to see a man in shorts in the cold weather, the officers stopped to talk to the man, who appeared disoriented, and he was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Toxicology tests were performed at the hospital to determine if the victim was under the influence of anything.
Police said the victim was a classmate of one of the suspects. He was held hostage for at least 24 hours and as long as 48 hours.
...Although President-elect Donald Trump was mentioned, Chicago Police do not believe the crime was politically motivated.
"I think some of it is just stupidity, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline. I don't think that at this point we have anything concrete to really point us in that direction, but we'll keep investigating and we'll let the facts guide us on how this concludes," [Police Supt. Eddie] Johnson said.
Why are these thugs getting a pass on that?
Trump was mentioned a lot in the video, yet the police see no political motivation. Again and again, you hear "Trump."
I don't think it's right to categorize any of this as "just stupidity."
If some white thugs did this to a mentally disabled black man and ranted about Obama, I guarantee that the political and racial nature of the crime would be front and center.
The video of the crime was posted on Facebook under the account of Brittany Herring.
From USA Today:
The video, initially posted via Facebook Live under the account of someone named Brittany Herring, spread quickly via Twitter and under the hashtag #BLMKidnapping.Here's the video:
BLM is an apparent reference to the social justice group Black Lives Matter, which did not appear to have any connection to the video.
...Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that four suspects are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.
Johnson says the victim, who has "mental health challenges," is recovering.
BREAKING: Hate crime, battery charges filed against four black suspects accused in beating of white man streamed live on Facebook.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 5, 2017
Will Obama comment?